This is not a photograph of a reptile's skin. Can you figure out what it is?
Turtle shells are truly remarkable structures. As embryos, turtles' bones begin to fuse, as ribs, shoulder bones, and vertebrae merge together to form the hard outer shell. That's an incredible evolutionary adaptation, and the Permian fossil Eunotosaurus helps explain how turtles got their shells.
Most of the time, hermit crabs live up to their names, keeping to themselves and refusing to socialize with each other members of their species nearby. But sometimes hermit crabs hang out... and they're invariably total assholes to each other.
A tiny sea snail known as the clusterwink snail has one of the strangest abilities in the animal kingdom. The snail can create a ghostly green light, then use its shell to scatter the light beam all over its shell.
As we all learned from watching I Am Legend, scientists are now using virus shells (the hard and pointy outside of a virus that you see here) to deliver gene-tinkering drugs to your body as swiftly as possible. Virus shells are the perfect delivery system because the little bugs are designed to latch onto your cells…
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles starts its two-night premiere next Sunday, and you may have seen some of the new posters promoting the show, including with one with a topless (and bottomless) Summer Glau hanging from cables with all of her, uh... cybernetics exposed. But it turns out the old android babe with…